Interview Interview with XTERRA Newbie, Laura Bennett

At DirtTRI we strive to bring you ALL news related to cross triathlon. However, we realize we can’t possibly do it all. In our drive to advocate for and grow off road multisport we are happy to share the great work various other media outlets create around cross triathlon. 

Thus, we share the below piece from, but obviously it is their property and we encourage you to view the full interview on 

Greg and Laura Bennett will be testing the waters off Cross Triathlon at XTERRA Beaver Creek this weekend. As part of the lead up to the race the women’s specific multisport web-mag did and interview with Laura. Unfortunately XTERRA announced earlier today that Laura will not be competing at XTERRA Beaver Creek due to injury.

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We are welcoming Renata Farah to the Witsup team as our go to woman for all things off road racing and Xterra. Ahead of this weekend’s Xterra Beaver Creek, Renata introduces you all to the world of Xterra, and chats to Xterra rookie, but certainly no stranger to triathlon, Laura Bennett as she gets herself ready for some off road action.

Text by Renata Farah | Images by Witsup

In 1996 mountain biking and triathlon met in a duel of the fittest on the island of Maui, Hawaii. The race consisted of a rough water swim, a mountain bike race and a trail run. It represented a bold new racing format that attracted outdoor enthusiasts, adventure seekers, mountain bikes and triathletes. The mountain bikers brought their laid back style and bold self assurance. The triathletes brought their hard core training and avid dedication. They soon discovered in common “Live More”spirit that pulled them together.


If you are passionate about swim, bike, run and outdoors this is what you were looking for. Xterra is the heart of the triathlon off road and has lots of races spread in the planet. There are more than 320 events in 32 countries and the events culminate at the XTERRA World Championship in Maui, Hawaii each October.

The next stop from the Xterra World Tour 2016 is Beaver Creek, Colorado, this Saturday. The event will feature $15,000 USD in prize money for elite athletes. For amateurs, there will be 51 spots into the Xterra World Championship to be held October 23 in Maui up-for-grabs. Xterra Championship – Beaver Creek events include a full-length Xterra championship race, a shorter distance Xterra Sprint race as well as 5/10/21km trail runs.

The full list of professionals is listed below, but we’re excited to see multiple ITU champion and fourth at the 2008 Summer Olympics, American Laura Bennett lining up for the first time at an Xterra event. Since leaving the ITU scene, Bennett has been racing the longer course in the past few years. We caught up with Bennett to get some insights on her new challenge.

W: How has your season going so far?

LB: The season was building well, kicking off with a podium in New Orleans 70.3 in the early season, but then I had some issues that set me back May/June to first gear again. The life of a professional triathlete – unfortunate situations can set you back at anytime. So I am building back up again to salvage the back end of the year.  I am using Beaver Creek to gain some fitness, as it is a brutally hard course, no doubt just finishing I will be fitter than the day before!

W: How was your transition from triathlon road races to XTERRA? 

LB: This will be my first Xterra, so I can’t claim transition just yet.  But it will be a progression, hopefully a quick learning curve from here on out. I mountain biked for the first time this last November. We went out every day because we absolutely fell in love with it. Unfortunately, we started on courses that were way harder than my skill level was ready for, our bikes were too small, we were riding with too much air in our tires, and I could not unclip easily so I had some negative feedback and fear instilled early.  I am bouncing back this year with better knowledge and being more prepared, and I look forward to making my learning curve steeper.  The swim and the run, I don’t believe will be as a drastic of a change, however the trail runs if quite technical will be challenging with these long legs and loose ankles – haha! A great triathlon is one that goes by fast, it always hurts so if you can entertain me through it, I’m excited. I feel like the Xterra’s will do that, and therefore I look forward to trying it out.

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Jimmy Archer

Founder and Editor at Jimmy has been a professional athlete for over 18 years as a runner, cyclist, mountain biker, cross country skier, and primarily, triathlete. Jimmy has a degree in exercise science from the University of Colorado and is a USA Triathlon and USA Cycling certified coach. Jimmy became a freelance writer in 2000 while competing and covering the ITU Winter Triathlon World Championship. Since that time Jimmy has been head editor at two magazines, been published in numerous publications within the endurance sport, recreation, and travel segments. Currently Jimmy is competing professionally in off-road multisport. In his spare time Jimmy passionately follows Formula 1, Moto GP, and is an avid cook.

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